Port restrictions set as Tropical Storm Sally eyes Gulf Coast

Satellite animation of Tropical Storm Sally in the Gulf of Mexico.

There’s no rest for the weary as the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season shows no signs of abating anytime soon.

Tropical Storm Sally —  the eighteenth named storm of the season — could become the sixth hurricane of the season in a few days, just prior to landfall in the U.S. central Gulf Coast.

In response, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has set restrictions on vessel movement and cargo operations at some Gulf Coast ports:

USCG Mobile, Alabama sector
USCG New Orleans sector

SONAR Critical Events: Tropical Storm Sally, Sunday, Sep. 13, 2020, 8 a.m. EDT

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued a hurricane warning for the coasts of southeastern Louisiana and Mississippi, and a tropical storm warning for the Alabama coast and the Florida coast from the Florida-Alabama border to Apalachicola.

As of 8 a.m. Eastern Standard Time Sunday, Sally was 300 miles east-southeast of Louisiana’s southeastern coast. Sustained winds were 50 mph, but will likely reach Category 1 hurricane strength early Monday, possibly producing Category 2 winds of 100 mph at landfall Monday afternoon or evening. Some parts of the northern Gulf Coast could see 6 to 12 inches of total rainfall, with isolated higher amounts; storm surge could be 8 to 12 feet.